Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Lunch isn't for wimps: Titanic Bar and Restaurant, Donegall Street, Belfast

Titanic Bar and Restaurant, Donegall Street, Belfast

What to do when a city is swept up in Titanic-mania? If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, believes the bar formerly known as Frames and now rechristened Titanic Bar and Restaurant.

Its has many claims to fame, including a supporting role in Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto.

But long before that TPK was the home of Robert Watson's furniture company, understood to have made furnishings which found their way onto the White Star Line vessel.

You will feel cushioned and comfortable after dining here as the menu shouts hearty fare with plenty of flair - and plenty of scope for conversation with journalists from this newspaper and its neighbour, the Irish News (hello, Gary and Davy).

Any two courses from the starter, main and dessert menu will cost £9.50, so there is plenty of incitement to eat well. Starters range from Caesar salad to salted chilli squid while mains run the gamut from bacon and cheese burger to seafood chowder.

With an eye to eating a big dinner that evening, a starter-sized (but still substantial) cauliflower and garden pea risotto is selected.

Instead of a floret-filled delight the dish is made with cauliflower puree, which lends a rich and intense flavour quite unlike the experience of crunching on a cauliflower floret.

A Titanic historian has been consulted in developing the new premises, and more Titanic paraphernalia will be added over time. In the meantime, my heart will go on, but my appetite's been pretty much sated.